Using cron(8) on Mac OS X
But now I just discovered that
crontab -e doesn't
work, saying—after having edited and saved the file—that
“crontab: temp file must be edited in place.” And when you edit
cron(8) naturally doesn't pick up the changes, and
that is as it should be. This is what you have to do instead:
$ crontab -l > ~/crontab $ $EDITOR ~/crontab # Do your editing here, then save and quit. $ crontab ~/crontab
I think that's stupid.
I've never used
cron(8) like that, but I can see that it's
a supported method of operation on other systems with a Vixie
cron, I've just always used
Why did Apple break the
-e option for
crontab(1) like that? It seems completely pointless, so I
assume they did it by accident. I should probably file a bug report, if it
hasn't already been done.
Update: I filed a bugreport with Bug ID# 5489942.